I'm trying something a little new today. Well old. Kind of.
I used to make custom cards pretty frequently. It was a cheap and efficient way to get an autograph of a player as a Pirate if they didn't have any cards in black and gold. After a while the novelty wore off, and I haven't really done anything with customs in the last 3 or 4 years.
But a friend forwarded me the photoshop template for a few designs to play around with, and it was more fun than I remembered. That's quite probably because my photoshop skills are a lot better than what they were a few years back, and I'm a little more proficient with working with complex layers and effects.
I decided to play around with a few designs for fun, and ended up putting together 2000 Topps and 1993 Donruss designs. They're far from perfect - the font on both cards is still driving me mad after hours of downloading and testing different fonts. In particular, I have zero clue how to replicate the gold foil stamping on the 2000 Topps. But it was a lot of fun, and I'll probably be printing out a few sheets of customs to get signed soon.
The Byrd photo is from a curtain call after hitting a homer during his first game with the Bucs. The Wilson photo came from a 2009 game (very early in the season, if I recall correctly) whre the Pirates wore Pittsburgh Police caps to help raise money for the families of a trio of local officers who were killed during a shootout.
I'll try not to go overboard on the customs...but they are fun.